Strat-O-Matic Cigar Box Stadium
I am not the first person to do this and I most certainly will not be the last. I thought I would share my experiences in building my Cigar Box stadium so that it might inspire others to do it too.
- Cigar Box (finding one large enough and deep enough is the challenge).
- Self adhesive cork scrap booking paper
- Craft glue
- Model railroad grass
- Sharpie paint pen
- Hobby knife
- Masking tape
- Spray paint (optional, for inside wall color)
- Ruler, paper, patience
I started with an Arturo Fuente cigar box. There are a few out there that look like this, so pay attention to dimensions when you try to get one. This one measures at 9.5″ wide x 9.75″ long x 1.375″ tall on the outside.
I really was not worried about scale. I used regular sheets of copy paper and sketched out my infield. Actually, I made it larger than I wanted so that I could use a copier and scale it down. Once I had a few different sizes copied, I cut them out with a hobby knife and started placing them in the box to see what size looked the best. I then transferred the correct one onto poster board by tracing an outline and cutting that with a hobby knife. Next, I started carefully pulling the label/paper off of the inside bottom of the cigar box. About 3/4″ on the inside of each side of the box. I would score, peel and use a moist paper towel on the paper/glue residue that was left. After that dried, I measured the inside of the cigar box bottom, cut my scrap booking paper to match and dry fit that into place.
Happy with all of my dry fit pieces, I proceeded to tape off the parts of the cigar box that I didn’t want to paint. I used a couple of light coats and painted the interior outfield walls. While that was drying, I traced the piece of cork scrap booking paper onto the back of the model railroad grass and cut that out. Then, I transferred the infield poster board to the back of the grass and very carefully cut that out.
Once the paint was completely dry, I installed the cork paper into the cigar box, but it didn’t want to stay down. I slowly pulled it out, mixed a few drops of water with the hobby glue, put a light layer of glue on the bottom of the cigar box and re installed my cork paper. I forgot to mention, I eyeballed the outfield warning track on the back of the grass, drew it in and cut it off. I proceed to use the glue mixture and glue down the grass on top of the cork paper.
Put a small fan on that and got my paint pen out to draw my bases and foul lines. Marked all of those and was pretty happy with the progress.
I knew that I wanted to put some kind of photo collage up on the inside of the box but I was not really sure how I wanted to do that. Let alone who I wanted on that. I opened a graphics program that I have and put the measurements in for the area on the inside lid. I started Googling images of some of my all time favorite players. Once I found an image I liked, I would copy and paste it into the document and play around with resizing it to fit.
I hope this inspires some of you to take the time and try to do this. It is not overly hard…if I can do it, so can you. Don’t worry about making mistakes…it happen’s. Build it, use it, enjoy it and plan your next one. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to hit me up on my contact page.
Thanks and happy rolling.